Authentic flavours of Mauritius at the luxury resortThis month Shanti Maurice in Mauritius has announced the launch of its new Rum Shed, the latest addition to the luxury resort's extensive food and beverage offering. Built in the style of the traditional rum shops, which are found all across the island, Shanti Maurice's Rum Shed will offer a truly authentic Mauritian experience when it opens in January 2014.
Known as the "social hubs" of Mauritius, rum shops are the equivalent to UK pubs, where locals meet for a drink with friends to discuss everything from sport to politics and world affairs. Echoing these shops, the 'shabby-chic' Rum Shed at Shanti Maurice captures the essence of a bygone era, with tavern-like windows and doors and delightfully old-school decor. Its walls are lined with wood planks from old fishing boats and tables and chairs are made out of bicycle rims, while 50-gallon oil drums act as hanging light fixtures.
The bar offers the largest collection of rums in Mauritius, with over 180 types from 36 countries, all displayed in vintage cupboards. There's an impressive selection of rum-based cocktails, and guests can also enjoy snacks including gateau piment, samosas or dholl-puri.
Duarte Correia, General Manager at Shanti Maurice, said, "Our aim is to provide guests with an authentic Mauritian experience and to enjoy the relaxed and convivial atmosphere commonly found in the island's rum shops. Our new Rum Shed is a great replica of these shops, from the selection of beverages right down to the sacks of peanuts in the shell that you can simply throw on the floor when you are done, giving it the feeling of drinking in someone's well-stocked shack."
The Rum Shed welcomes guests as well as non-residents of the luxury resort and is open daily till the early hours in the morning. For those seeking a venue with a truly authentic Mauritian setting, the bar is also available for private hire. Nightly rates at the luxurious Shanti Maurice start from $780 (approx. £680) in a Junior Suite on a half board basis, inclusive of VAT.